Disney Condemns Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
The C.E.O of Disney has spoken out against Florida’s new bill to censor conversations about LGBT+ relationships in elementary schools.
Disney is one of the biggest employers in Florida, with around 77,000 staff at its Disney World resort. When the state introduced its new ban on the conversations about gender and sexuality in elementary school, all eyes turned to the company to see how they could respond.
According to the BBC, the new law would completely prohibit the discussion of sexuality and gender with those at elementary school age. The bill mirrors those already in place in states like Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma which have limited sex education and excluded discourse around LGBTQ+ identities.
5/ Nothing about the "don't say gay bill or about Chapek's memo is consistent with any of these values. Many LGBTQI people and their allies work for or look to Disney for ally-ship. But Chapek is more worried about right-wing backlash than about his own loyal fans and employees.— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) March 8, 2022
The current C.E.O of Disney, Bob Chapek, was faced with mass public pressure after he neglected to condemn the actions of the state. Both Disney’s previous CEO and the granddaughter of Disney’s founder had both expressed their disappointment at Chapek’s lack of reaction.
He finally spoke out on Wednesday, stating that they stand with the LGBTQ+ community and completely disagree with the passing of the bill.